The word keno has French or Latin origins (fr. quine: five winning numbers and l. quini: five each). However, apparently the game originated in China over 2000 years ago.



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The word keno has French or Latin origins (fr. quine: five winning numbers and l. quini: five each). However, apparently the game originated in China over 2000 years ago.

Chinese immigrants introduced Keno to the West when they sailed athwart the Pacific to help build the American trans-continental railroad in the 19th century.

Legends sustain that the discovery of the game saved an ancient city in time of war, and its popularity helped collect funds to raise the Great Wall. Also, it's known that the results of Keno games in big cities were sent to faraway villages and rural communities by carrier pigeons.

How to Play

  • first, pick 2 to 10 numbers on the Keno table by clicking on them. If you have second thoughts about your decision and want to deselect a number, just click on it again. To deselect all the numbers and start again, click on the Clear button.

  • when you pick the numbers, you can observe the Payouts Table on the left of the screen. The payouts depend on how many numbers you choose. The table shows how much money you win (the Payouts column) for a precise amount hits (the Hits column).

  • after choosing your numbers, select the amount you want to bet on one game round by clicking the + and - buttons. Then press Play One, if you want to play for one round only, or click Play Five, if you want to play a five-round series.

  • when you click on Play, 20 numbers are drawn. If you have an adequate amount of hits (winning numbers) you are paid according to the Paytable (see the screenshot).

Other Options:

  • Current balance: your account balance. This is your available gambling fund.

  • Cashier: clicking this button opens the Cashier window, where you can make deposits and withdrawals, where you can see your transaction history, etc.

  • Play for Real Money: this button is active only in Fun or Offline Mode. Clicking it will take you to the Real Money account creation page. If you already have a Real Money account, it will take you to the Play for Real Money login screen.

  • Chat: clicking this button will activate the black strip to the left of it, transforming it into a text box. Enter a message and click Chat again. Nota Bene: You can only talk to other gamblers in multiplayer games.

  • Menu:

    • History: opens the game history window, where you can see the details of latest game rounds. This option is unavailable in Offline mode.

    • Options: allows you to change audio quality and different playing settings.

    • Help: opens the Help section, similar to this one.

  • Online Support: allows you to contact a customer support specialist, available only in Online mode.

  • Close/Lobby: closes the game window and takes you back to the Lobby. You can enable or disable this feature in the Options window.

Shortcut Keys:

  • Tab: tab between the buttons on the screen.

  • Enter: clicks the button that is highlighted.

  • Esc: exit the online casino game and go back to the Lobby.

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